Business Management Degrees

A business management degree is an undergraduate degree that can be studied over three-years if you choose a full-time course, or for four years or more if you opt to study part-time. It equips you with the tools needed to succeed in business management, and gives you the opportunity to focus on a particular business specialism of your choice in the final year.

At its heart, the degree will raise your awareness of how businesses – both large and small – operate, as well as what is required to run a successful organisation.

About Business Management

Topics Covered

There are generally three "pathways" within a business management degree that you can specialise in:

  •   Human Resource Management
  •   Marketing
  •   Entrepreneurship

The exact topics and modules covered in a university’s program will vary from institution to institution. Whichever university you choose to apply to, there will be a wide array of topics to study, many of which will be optional. Some of the topics and modules you can expect to cover include:

  •   Business Skills
  •   Marketing Principles
  •   Business Ethics
  •   Operations Management
  •   Business Decision Making
  •   Business Finance
  •   Management Accounting
  •   Sociology of Work
  •   Business Law
  •   Consumer Behaviour
  •   International Business

Further optional modules may include:

  •   Marketing
  •   Entrepreneurship
  •   Project Management
  •   Information Systems
  •   Business

Some universities will offer placements with national or even international businesses as part of the program.


A Masters in Business Management is a business based postgraduate degree taken by those students wishing to gain a career in various business industries. The course can be taken full time over twelve months, or part time over two years.

The course gives students the understanding of how a business works and the key principles surrounding this. As business management is such a broad area of study, the Masters in Business Management provides students with an array of transferable skills and knowledge needed for graduate roles.

Topics Covered

A Masters in Business Management can be a very flexible course, where some universities don’t impose specific core modules, allowing their students to specialise on the areas of their choice,. However, some universities do require students to take core modules. Such core modules could include:

  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Economics
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Strategy

Some optional modules could include but aren’t confined to:

  • Strategic marketing management
  • Tourism management
  • Business systems
  • Entrepreneurship
  • International finance
  • Financial reporting
  • Branding
  • Communications

Entry Requirements

Generally, if you are taking A-Levels, you would need to have at least AAA-AAB to study at BSc level or AAA at MBus level to be considered and receive an unconditional offer.

Required grades at GCSE level include English Language at grade C level or higher, and Mathematics at Grade C level or higher.

Postgraduate Entry Requirements

Entrance to a Masters in Business Management course will vary depending on the institution you are applying to. Generally, you will be expected to have gained an upper 2:1 degree in any subject other than business and management related degrees. You are advised to contact the institution directly for a complete list of their specific entry requirements.

Some postgraduate degrees in Business Management may require students to attend an entrance interview. To help you understand postgraduate interviews we have put together an article for the top 10 questions that are likely to pop up and the best ways that you can answer them: Top 10 Postgraduate Interview Questions.

Career Prospects

A business management degree equips you with knowledge and skills that open up a number of career opportunities for you. The skills you will acquire include:

  •   Problem solving
  •   Critical thinking
  •   Data analysis
  • Managing people

These employability and commercial skills are needed by a wide range of sectors, and most students enter full-time employment upon graduation. Possible careers you may want to consider include:

  •   Business Analyst
  •   Project Manager
  •   Retail Manager
  •   Sales Executive
  •   Human Resources Officer
  •   Entrepreneur
  •   Product Manager

You can enter either the private, public or even voluntary sector, or you might decide to go onto further education.

It's worth noting that business related degrees were reported to be one of the most employable subject areas in 2016. The destination of leavers from higher education survey reported that 88% of graduates were placed in further education or full time employment within 6 months of completing their degree, with an average salary of £22,500. You can find out more about the most employable degrees with our article: Top 10 Most Employable Degrees


As a Masters in Business Management is an internationally recognised program, graduate prospects in the world of business are high. Many graduates go on to secure roles in various job positions in industries such as:

  • Marketing
  • E-Business
  • Public Relations
  • Business Consultancy
  • Financial Analysis
  • Recruitment